Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr. SW
This exhibition round includes works by Bruce Lee Webb which will be on view in the Third Floor West Gallery from June 19 – August 3 2019.
From the artist:
I use my art as a memory vessel for myself and to expose others in a random way to things I am interested in and fascinated by. I am interested in the random factor in art as the road driven down for the first time. I was told by a spirit medium in Lily Dale, New York that my art has the power to heal. I hope it heals others as I know it has healed myself.
About the artist:
Bruce Lee Webb was born August 7, 1966, in Waxahachie, Texas. Bruce Lee’s grandparents were missionaries in the mountains of Kerala, South India during the 1930’s and 40’s, where his mother was born. In his youth he was surrounded with their esoteric books and folk art which they brought back to the U.S. These mysterious treasures were Bruce’s earliest inspirations.
Bruce Lee grew up in Dallas where in the 1980’s he discovered the skateboarding and punk rock scenes. It was here that he met his wife, Julie and they quickly began a lifetime of collecting together.
Bruce and Julie collaborated on a cut and past fanzine in their teenge years called “Bad Karma” and the profile head which Bruce repeats as subject in his artwork began as a t-shirt sharpie marker drawing in 1982.
Inheriting his grand parents’ love of antiquarian books, Bruce Lee has added to the collection of printed matter with folk art, railroad hobo lore, train car graffiti, the study of the occult, and fraternal history.
The Webb’s moved to Waxahachie in1987, setting up a shop and began to travel to buy and sell antiques. They met folk aritst, Rev. JL Hunter in South Dallas in 1989 and he pushed them down a path of searching out and visiting Southern Folk and Visionary Artists. It was during these extensive travels across the country where the Webb’s visited artists such as Johnnie Swearingen, Royal Robertson, James Son Thomas and many others.
By 1991, Webb Gallery had opened giving the Webb’s unbounded opportunity to explore and share art intermingled with unusual antiques.
The artists Bruce Lee has encountered along the way have had a profound influence on his own artwork. Bruce Lee has exhibited internationally and finds his work going to collections the world over. Along with co-author Lynne Adele, in 2015 Bruce completed a book published by University of Texas Press, As Above So Below-Art of the Fraternal Lodge.